DIT has 22,000 students and staff, and it has been conservatively estimated that they make over 5 million trips to and from college during the year, travelling over 60 million kms. A comprehensive travel survey in 2006 showed that 31% of DIT staff and 14% of students drive to college.

By 2012 DIT aims to reduce these to 25% and 10% respectively. This would have the significant effect of removing 230,000 private car trips from the roads over a year. Currently some 36% of staff/students live within 5km of DIT, and a further 24% are within 10km, making cycling an ideal option for those people.

Successful sustainable transport strategies based on cycling and walking have been implemented in University of Lancaster, Cambridge University, Stanford University and University of California, Davis; and have proven this approach to be appropriate in an urban context given the shorter distances involved.

2010 Travel Survey - Modal Split

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Smarter Travel

DIT is a member of the Smarter Travel Project group. Smarter Travel Document is Government policy that sets out the necessary steps to ensure that people choose more sustainable transport modes such as walking, cycling and public transport. The document is a response to the fact that continued growth in demand for road transport is not sustainable from a number of angles; it will lead to further congestion, further local air pollution, contribute to global warming, and result in negative impacts to health through promoting increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

As DIT is a large institution producicing some 5 million trips to and from our facilities each year even a small reduction in our overall travel impact can go a long way to reducing the number of private car trips made on our roads.

As part of the project DIT identified some areas which need to be addressed if the number of car trips are to be reduced.

Our Goal

To get 4% of students (800 people) and 6% of staff (80 people) to move to more sustainable transport choices – primarily cycling.

This will remove 230,000 car trips from Dublin streets per year, and save 414,000kg of CO2 emissions

Results and Actions so far

  • In 2006 19% of students and staff travelled to DIT by car, meanwhile in latest survey (2010) this number fell by 7% or in the region of 350,000 car trips.

  • In 2010, 36% of staff/students live within 5km of DIT, and a further 24% are within 10km.

  • 10% of staff / students are registered for the Dublin Bikes scheme. 43 of those registered for the scheme are students indicating that some students are accessing the scheme.

  • 200 Staff members have availed of the Bike to Work Scheme, a governement initiative which subsidies the cost of a bike for the purporses of travelling to work.

  • Student and Staff discounts have been arranged with a number of local bicycle shops in close proximity to the various DIT buildings.

Bicycle Parking

  • Secure and covered Bicycle parking has been provided at both Mountjoy Square and Cathal Brugha Street.

  • A secure cage for Bicycles has been provided at Bolton Street complete with swipe access to the cage. 

Problem Areas

We have identified the following concerns which, if addressed, would encourage use of sustainable transport -

  • Cycling: concerns over safety;

  • lack of knowledge of cycle lane network;

  • concerns over bicycle theft

  • need car to travel to other DIT sites during day; 

  • lack of shower facilities

  • lack of knowledge of bicycle maintenance; 

  • cycling not glamorous

  • initial cost of bike.

  • Car sharing: Car Sharing website.

  • Walking: concerns about safety.